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as of Tuesday, July 01, 2014 9:31 PM.



Verizon IndyCar Series - Pocono INDYCAR 500 Preview

Date: Sunday, July 6

Start Time: 1:08 p.m. ET (expected green flag)

Site: Pocono Raceway -- Long Pond, Pennsylvania

Track: 2.5-mile triangle-shaped track

Laps: 200

Miles: 500

Capacity: 76,812 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 2nd (IndyCar-sanctioned race)

On TV: NBC Sports Network

Announcers:

On Radio: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS XM Satellite

Race record: Scott Dixon, 2013 (192.684 mph)

Qualifying record: Marco Andretti, 2013 (221.273 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Scott Dixon

Runner up: Charlie Kimball

Pole winner: Marco Andretti (221.273 mph)

Top 10:

1. Scott Dixon (Start: 17)

2. Charlie Kimball (12)

3. Dario Franchitti (20)

4. Will Power (4)

5. Josef Newgarden (15)

6. Simon Pagenaud (8)

7. Justin Wilson (22)

8. Helio Castroneves (6)

9. Ed Carpenter (14)

10. Marco Andretti (1)

Average speed: 192.864 mph

Time of race: 2 hrs., 4 mins., 26.4178 secs.

Margin of victory: 0.4572 secs.

Caution flags: 2 for 12 laps

Lead changes: 16 among 5 drivers

Past winners

2013 Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 192.864 mph

Last race

Race: Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston/Race 2 (June 29)

Site: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Speedway at NRG Park -- Houston, Texas

Miles: 153

Laps: 90

Finish line order: Simon Pagenaud, Mikhail Aleshin, Jack Hawksworth, Charlie Kimball, Sebastien Bourdais

Time of Race: 1 hr., 51 mins., 43.0625 secs.

Average speed: 78.981 mph

Margin of victory: 7.2622 secs.

Caution flags: 5 for 21 laps

Lead changes: 4 among 2 drivers

Lap leaders: Helio Castroneves 1-30; Simon Pagenaud 31; Castroneves 32-48; Helio Castroneves 1-30; Simon Pagenaud 31; Castroneves 32-48; Pagenaud 49-90.

Entry list

#2 Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia Chevrolet/Team Penske

#3 Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brazil Chevrolet/Team Penske

#7 Mikhail Aleshin (Moscow, Russia) Honda/Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

#8 Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing

#9 * Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing

#10 Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing

#11 Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans, France) Chevrolet/KVSH Racing

#12 Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia) Chevrolet/Team Penske

#14 Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan) Honda/A.J. Foyt Enterprises

#15 Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH) Honda/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

#17 Sebastian Saavedra (Bogota, Colombia Chevrolet/KVAFS Racing

#18 Carlos Huertas (Bogota, Colombia) Honda/Dale Coyne Racing

#19 Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England) Honda/Dale Coyne Racing

#20 Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis, IN) Chevrolet/Ed Carpenter Racing

#25 Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA) Honda/Andretti Autosport

#27 James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada) Honda/Andretti Autosport

#28 Ryan Hunter-Reay (Ft. Lauderdale, FL Honda/Andretti Autosport

#34 Carlos Munoz (Bogota, Colombia) Honda/Andretti-HVM

#67 Josef Newgarden (Hendersonville, TN) Honda/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

#77 Simon Pagenaud (Montmorillon, France Honda/Schmidt Peterson Hamilton

#83 Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing

#99 Jack Hawksworth (Bradford, England) Honda/BHA/BBM

Leading contenders

Name 2013
Scott Dixon Won
Charlie Kimball 2
Will Power 4
Josef Newgarden 5
Simon Pagenaud 6
Justin Wilson 7
Helio Castroneves 8
Ed Carpenter 9
Marco Andretti 10
Tony Kanaan 13
Ryan Briscoe 14
Sebastien Bourdais 16
Graham Rahal 18
Ryan Hunter-Reay 20
Takuma Sato 22
Sebastian Saavedra 23
James Hinchcliffe 24
Juan Pablo Montoya ---
Carlos Munoz ---
Jack Hawksworth ---
Carlos Huertas ---
Mikhail Aleshin ---

Notes

The Pocono INDYCAR 500 at Pocono Raceway is the 11th race on the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.

Pocono has 14 degrees of banking in turn 1, 8 degrees in turn 2 and 6 degrees in turn 3. The length of the shortstretch is 1,780 feet, and the backstretch is 3,055 feet. The frontstretch measures 3,740 feet.

This will be the second IndyCar-sanctioned race at Pocono. USAC competed at this racetrack once each year from 1971-81, followed by CART from 1982-89.

When IndyCar competed at Pocono last year, Scott Dixon won the 400-mile race, while his teammates Charlie Kimball and Dario Franchitti finished second and third, respectively, to give Chip Ganassi Racing a podium sweep. Dixon went on to win three more races during the 2013 season, en route to his third IndyCar championship.

Past winners in open-wheel races (CART or USAC) at Pocono were: Mark Donohue (1971), Joe Leonard (1972), A.J. Foyt (1973, 1975, 1979 and 1981), Johnny Rutherford (1974), Al Unser (1976 and 1978), Tom Sneva (1977), Bobby Unser (1980), Rick Mears (1982, 1985, 1987), Teo Fabi (1983), Danny Sullivan (1984 and 1989), Mario Andretti (1986) and Bobby Rahal (1988).

Team Penske has won seven times at Pocono (Mark Donohue-1971; Tom Sneva-1977; Bobby Unser-1980; Rick Mears-1982, 85, 87 and Danny Sullivan-1989).

A.J. Foyt Racing competed in every open-wheel race at Pocono from 1971-89 and in its return last year. Team owner A.J. Foyt won at this track four times (1973, '75, '79 and '81) and earned two poles (1977 and '79).

If Ryan Hunter-Reay scores the victory in Sunday's race at Pocono, he will capture the second jewel of IndyCar's "Triple Crown," having already won the May 25 Indianapolis 500. The Aug. 30 season-finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California is the final leg in the Triple Crown. Al Unser is the only driver to have won all Triple Crown races (Indianapolis, Pocono and Ontario) in the same calendar year, doing so in 1978.

The next race is the July 12 Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway. James Hinchcliffe won last year's event there.



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